Peter Gros to Bring Exotic Animal Show to Holland Center, 11/8
Omaha Performing Arts presents Peter Gros from the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. The performance is part of Omaha Performing Arts' Family 13/14 Series. Tickets start at $15 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
In his performance at the Holland Center, Gross intermingles video clips of bloopers with inspirational stories highlighting issues of conservation, travel and wildlife filming-all while introducing the audience to live, exotic animals.
Gros has more than 30 years of field experience with captive wildlife, though he is perhaps best known for his work on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet. For the show, Gros provides the link between the original series, where he served as co-host, and the new specials. The original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom series was one of the best known and longest-running series on nature and the animal world. He has appeared on numerous talk shows, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Gros is an active conservationist. On behalf of Mutual of Omaha, Gros is involved in a nationwide conservation education program conducted at the local community level. Gros' research expeditions have taken him to Lake Baikal in Siberia to explore the wonders of the world's largest, oldest and deepest lake, and to the Amazon Basin where he led an expedition of 39 six-graders from Michigan to study the Peruvian rain forest. He has also studied the effects of ecotourism on wildlife in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands. He has served as the U.S. representative on the Citizen Ambassador Program's research study of tigers and rhinos in the Chitwan National Forest in Nepal.
Gros and his animal friends help teach about the importance of caring for the world around us. In his live presentations, Gros shares tales about his exciting animal world, highlighting the show with a mix of video clips and bloopers. He introduces friendly exotic animals to audience members, telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation, travel and wildlife filming.
In his former position as director of land animals and vice president at Marine World/Africa USA, he established breeding programs for 377 endangered animals. He also developed a rehabilitation program for birds of prey, as well as the largest captive breeding colony of ostriches in the United States. He is a licensed Exhibition & Animal Educator for the U.S.D.A. and an active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and Zoological Association of America. Gros is also on the Board of Directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association.
He is a frequent lecturer on conservation and preservation at universities, zoos and nature and science centers around the nation. Gros serves as president of the Green Valley Center for Wildlife Education. "We need to continue to deliver a powerful message about how each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world," Gros said. "It is possible to use our natural resources in a sustainable manner. We simply need to educate our nation's youth about the importance of wildlife conservation."
Peter Gros from the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom will be at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., on Nov. 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center.